Mengele was the chief provider for the gas chambers at
Auschwitz - and did well! When it was reported that one
block was infected with lice, Mengele solved the problem
by gassing all the 750 women assigned to it.
The memory of this slightly built man, scarcely a hair out
of place, his dark green tunic neatly pressed, his face
well scrubbed, his Death's Head SS cap tilted rakishly to
one side, remains vivid for those who survived his
scrutiny when they arrived at the Auschwitz railhead.
Polished boots slightly apart, his thumb resting on his
pistol belt, he surveyed his prey with those dead gimlet
eyes. Death to the left, life to the right.
Four hundred thousand souls - babies, small children,
young girls, mothers, fathers, and grandparents - were
casually waved to the left hand side with a flick of the
cane clasped in a gloved hand.
Mengele did a number of medical experiments of unspeakable
horror at Auschwitz, using twins. These twins as young as
five years of age were usually murdered after the
experiment was over and their bodies dissected.
Mengele injected chemicals into the eyes of children in an
attempt to change their eye color. Unfortunately a strict
veil of secrecy over the experiments enabled Mengele to do
his work more effectively.
Despite international efforts to track him down, Josef
Mengele was never apprehended and lived for 35 years
hiding under various aliases. He lived in Paraguay and
Brazil until his death in 1979.
One afternoon, living in Brazil, he went for a swim. While
in the ocean he suffered a massive stroke and began to
drown. By the time he was dragged to shore, he was dead.
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